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Andrew Bogut doesn't hold back when discussing short stint with Lakers

Andrew Bogut doesn't hold back when discussing short stint with Lakers

Andrew Bogut won't be suiting up for the Warriors when they take the floor Thursday night against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. Golden State is choosing to rest some veterans during this back-to-back against the Lakers and Cavaliers, but it's safe to say Bogut wouldn't mind taking it to his former team.

The veteran center briefly played for the Lakers last season, but they waived him the day before his contract was set to be guaranteed. While NBA teams waive veterans all the time, the Lakers apparently went back on their word by releasing Bogut.

“The Lakers told me I’d be there the whole year,” Bogut told The Mercury News' Mark Medina. “They went against their word and waived me at the deadline. Whatever. That was their decision.

"I was basically lied to."

Bogut was initially concerned about signing a non-guaranteed deal with the Lakers, but he and his agent received assurances from the Lakers' brass that he would be on the roster as long as he was healthy. Clearly, Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and GM Rob Pelinka weren't on the up and up.

“I took their word for that stupidly,” Bogut said. “It’s part of the business. But it’s disappointing because I have two young kids and all that. I was stupid enough to take their word on something I shouldn’t have.”

Bogut's NBA career has been littered with injuries, but he finally feels healthy after playing for the Sydney Kings in his native Australia for much of the season before rejoining the Warriors earlier this month. 

Despite being away from the league for much of the season, the first pick in the 2005 NBA Draft has taken stock of how the Lakers' season has gone awry in Year 1 of the LeBron James era.

“It was a young team and the roster was kind of all over the place,” Bogut said. “Now obviously they got LeBron [James] and their own issues they are dealing with. It was definitely an interesting organization to be a part of after coming from Golden State. It’s just different. It's ran differently.”

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Things have worked out well for Bogut after leaving the dysfunctional operation in LA.

He got healthy and slimmed down, thanks in part to beer, and now finds himself back on the Warriors chasing another title while LeBron and the Lakers prep for "Space Jam 2."

Warriors' Draymond Green out, Eric Paschall doubtful Friday vs. Jazz

Warriors' Draymond Green out, Eric Paschall doubtful Friday vs. Jazz

It's always tough to beat the Jazz in Utah, as the Warriors were reminded last month. Golden State was going to be a massive underdog Friday night as it was, and Thursday's injury report certainly won't change that.

After suffering an embarrassing home overtime loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday, the Dubs will try to right the ship against Donovan Mitchell, Rudy Gobert & Co., but they'll have to do it without at least one of their best players -- and we don't mean Steph Curry or Klay Thompson.

Draymond Green is listed as out (rest) for Friday's game at Vivint Smart Home Arena, while rookie Eric Paschall is doubtful with left hip soreness. Additionally, both Ky Bowman and Alen Smailagic are on G League assignment. 

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With Green out and Paschall doubtful, one would expect Golden State's (relatively) healthy bigs like Kevon Looney and Marquese Chriss to get some extended playing time against the Jazz.

Why Gary Payton believes Warriors' Steph Curry isn't true point guard

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Why Gary Payton believes Warriors' Steph Curry isn't true point guard

You might think of Steph Curry as a point guard.

After all, he's short, brings the ball up the court sometimes and appears on the far left of those nifty starting lineup graphics prior to tip-off with PG next to his name.

But in this age of run-and-gun positionless basketball, is Curry really a point guard? Not if you ask Gary Payton.

In fact, the nine-time NBA All-Star believes there only are two true point guards left in The Association.

"That's a question that is kind of difficult for old people," Payton told NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock and Kerith Burke on the "Runnin' Plays Podcast" when asked about the best point guards in today's game. "You look at Stephen Curry. You put him as a point guard. He's not a point guard. He's a two-guard. You look at [Russell] Westbrook. He's not a point guard. He's a two-guard. You look at James Harden. He's not a point guard, he's a two-guard.

"To me, there are only two guards in this league that are true point guards. That's [Rajon] Rondo and Chris Paul. 

"Now, Chris Paul has turned into a shooting guard more, but Rondo is a true point guard," Payton continued. "He looks first to get people off. He does his defense and he makes people better around him. Not, let me score 30. Not, let me shoot a jump shot first. He's not doing that ... If we name a lot of point guards that's right now in this NBA, they are not point guards."

At least Harden can finally be in the same category as Steph, right?

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While Steph might not be the prototypical point guard in the old-fashioned sense, there's no doubt he'll one day be enshrined in Springfield, Mass., as one of the greatest scoring guards in NBA history.

In any era, that's pretty, pretty good.